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Things I've Been Silent About

Azar Nafisi

I started making a list in my diary entitled "Things I Have Been Silent About." Under it I wrote: "Falling in Love in Tehran. Going to Parties in Tehran. Watching the Marx Brothers in Tehran. Reading Lolita in Tehran." I wrote about repressive laws and executions, about public and political abominations. Eventually I drifted into writing about private betrayals, implicating myself and those close to me in ways I had never imagined. --From Things I Have Been Silent About Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, now gives us a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country's political revolution. A girl's pain over family secrets; a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature; the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval-these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir, as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and "reminds us of why we read in the first place" (Newsday). Nafisi's intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerizing fictions about herself, her family, and her past. But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed. Nafisi's father escaped into narratives of another kind, enchanting his children with the classic tales like the Shahnamah, the Persian Book of Kings. When her father started seeing other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother. Nafisi's complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal, as well as political, cultural, and social, injustices. Reaching back in time to reflect on other generations in the Nafisi family, Things I've Been Silent About is also a powerful historical portrait of a family that spans many periods of change leading up to the Is

I started making a list in my diary entitled "Things I Have Been Silent About." Under it I wrote: "Falling in Love in Tehran. Going to Parties in Tehran. Watching the Marx Brothers in Tehran. Reading Lolita in Tehran." I wrote about repressive laws and executions, about public and political abominations. Eventually I drifted into writing about private betrayals, implicating myself and those close to me in ways I had never imagined. --From Things I Have Been Silent About Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, now gives us a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country's political revolution. A girl's pain over family secrets; a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature; the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval-these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir, as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and "reminds us of why we read in the first place" (Newsday). Nafisi's intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerizing fictions about herself, her family, and her past. But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed. Nafisi's father escaped into narratives of another kind, enchanting his children with the classic tales like the Shahnamah, the Persian Book of Kings. When her father started seeing other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother. Nafisi's complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal, as well as political, cultural, and social, injustices. Reaching back in time to reflect on other generations in the Nafisi family, Things I've Been Silent About is also a powerful historical portrait of a family that spans many periods of change leading up to the Is
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I started making a list in my diary entitled "Things I Have Been Silent About." Under it I wrote: "Falling in Love in Tehran. Going to Parties in Tehran. Watching the Marx Brothers in Tehran. Reading Lolita in Tehran." I wrote about repressive laws and executions, about public and political abominations. Eventually I drifted into writing about private betrayals, implicating myself and those close to me in ways I had never imagined. --From Things I Have Been Silent About Azar Nafisi, author of the beloved international bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran, now gives us a stunning personal story of growing up in Iran, memories of her life lived in thrall to a powerful and complex mother, against the background of a country's political revolution. A girl's pain over family secrets; a young woman's discovery of the power of sensuality in literature; the price a family pays for freedom in a country beset by political upheaval-these and other threads are woven together in this beautiful memoir, as a gifted storyteller once again transforms the way we see the world and "reminds us of why we read in the first place" (Newsday). Nafisi's intelligent and complicated mother, disappointed in her dreams of leading an important and romantic life, created mesmerizing fictions about herself, her family, and her past. But her daughter soon learned that these narratives of triumph hid as much as they revealed. Nafisi's father escaped into narratives of another kind, enchanting his children with the classic tales like the Shahnamah, the Persian Book of Kings. When her father started seeing other women, young Azar began to keep his secrets from her mother. Nafisi's complicity in these childhood dramas ultimately led her to resist remaining silent about other personal, as well as political, cultural, and social, injustices. Reaching back in time to reflect on other generations in the Nafisi family, Things I've Been Silent About is also a powerful historical portrait of a family that spans many periods of change leading up to the Is

Language:

English

Length:

6h 31m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:09


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

07:16


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:45


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:09


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:11


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:14


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:20


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:15


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:09


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:11


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:11


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:04


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:00


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:11


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:24


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:22


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:37


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:52


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:28


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:38


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

02:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:48


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:30


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:53


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:59


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:19


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

06:00


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:04


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:27


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:18


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:37


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:22


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:31


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:21


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:49


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:53


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:00


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:43


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:23


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:45


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

00:36